Building Bridges: Your Community and Labor Report
National Edition 28:04
Produced by Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
Do you know what it says on the death certificate for anyone whoâs executed?
Stephen Bright, President and Senior Counsel of the Southern Center for
Human Rights, law professor who twice argued and won cases before the
United States Supreme Court, involving racial composition of the juries. He
has testified on many occasions before committees of both the U.S. Senate
and House of Representatives. His and the Center's work has been the
subject of a documentary film, "Finding for Life in the Death Belt", and two
books, "Proximity to Death" and "Finding Life on Death Row".
When they say cause of death, do you know what the word is? âItâs homicideâ. Homicide!
It certainly felt like murder watching the TroyDavis hashtag tick away the last minutes of a manâs life. The death penalty is the ultimate denial of human rights. It is the premeditated and cold-blooded killing of a human being by the state. While, this cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment is done in the name of justice it violates the right to life as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Building Bridges opposes the death penalty in all cases without exception regardless of the nature of the crime, the characteristics of the offender, or the method used by the state to kill the prisoner. In memoriam of Troy Davis (9/21/2011), Stan âTookieâ Williams, (12/13/2005), Dominque Green (10/26/2004), and Gary Graham a/k/a Shaka Sankofa (6,22/2000) to name but a few victims of state executions, Stephen Bright makes the case for abolishing the death penalty.
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